East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy

Golden Gate Theatre

Now that it’s a CVS pharmacy, the building still has part of the theater’s design on it, which means a lot to the people who were heartbroken that it had to be shut down. Most people who remember the theater still think a lot about how their community is changing. This place is a symbol of how much the building means to them. What is unique about this place is that it used to be a theater, before I was even born. Now out of all stores, planners think to replace it with a CVS pharmacy. The supervisors decided to keep parts of the building in the store, which means that at one point the theater actually meant something to them. As customers go inside and wonder why there’s funny looking parts inside the store, they start to wonder why and ask questions. This is a good thing because they will start to look into it and find out that it’s an important landmark and it means a lot to other people.

This place is surrounded by a gas station, a shoe store and a little plaza. I see a lot of families walking around and people catching the bus. There are lots of homeless people. I hear a lot of car engines and music playing outside of the  shoe store. I hear the sound of buses pulling up to the side. There are baby’s crying because they are not getting what they want. This building is now a CVS. It’s used mostly for people who need to pick up pills or medicine their doctors prescribed them. Sometimes people print pictures here or even grab something to munch on for the holidays. This is a drug store that has a lot of things people need. Someone who isn’t familiar with this building should still care about  it because it is still standing after all these years. Whoever built it built it with love and their absolute best.

This landmark is  well-known, breaking the hearts of people when hearing that the theater was going to shut down. It a symbol of the people and culture of East L.A. because of the way it was built, and the attention it caught, by people back in 1927. The theater closed in 1986. The retail building was built around 1987 around the time of the Whittier earthquake, and was demolished in 1992. The left of the building was left vacant for 20 years, while lots of owners fought for future use of that building. The theater was built by Peter Snyder, known as the “The Father Of The East Side.”

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